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Building a niche site on expired domain - Merits and demerits

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by jerocarson, May 16, 2017.

  1. jerocarson

    jerocarson Registered Member

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    Hi pals,

    Great to have fantastic guys here and I seriously need your advise based on your experiences. I am thinking of building a niche site on expired domain, but I don't know a lot of things as I am very new in the process.

    So, if I find an expired domain with good DA, will it have effect in the site initial ranking or at least getting out of Google's sandbox..

    Thanks for your replies..
     
  2. Nargil

    Nargil Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Domain with good DA means absolutely nothing. Read the part about the metrics here - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/c...osts-metrics-spam-and-niche-relevancy.916518/

    It will have significant impact on rankings, however, do not expect domains with 10 RD to help you out much. Invest at least a couple hundred bucks, find domain that's ideally very relevant to your niche, has majority of brand/URL anchors and you are good to go. Must be clean and all as well of course. If you have to, use a domain from different niche and repurpose it, but that will not have as good impact as relevant domain in this case. Be patient, suitable domain may not appear for months on auctions.
     
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  3. Nam Hai

    Nam Hai Junior Member

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    Do you know How much times usually takes for repurposed websites to rank? I mean are they faster than new websites?
     
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    Nargil Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    They used to be, haven't used one outside of niche for a year now or so. Problem is fixing the anchors that are too random in case of non niche relevant domain.
     
  5. jerocarson

    jerocarson Registered Member

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    Thanks for your reply, really insightful. Can you recommend tools to check that a domain is clean? Or are there things I should be looking out for?.. Thanks
     
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    That has to be done manually. You need to know what you are looking for and so on. Can't be explained with a few sentences. There were a couple guides in the past few days that explain the basics.
     
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  7. jerocarson

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    Thanks a lot. :)
     
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    I've done this recently and the new site is going well. This was an expired domain that I picked up knowing I would make a money site on it one day. The old site was a business in the niche I wanted and the domain had been expired for over a year. I registered the domain ($10), downloaded the old site from Archive.org and left it sit for a few months. The site got naturally indexed and got some organic traffic coming in. In October 2016 I switched the site to an Amazon affiliate authority site. I've built out 300+ pages, product reviews and info pages etc. The site ranks for 8000+ KW's in Ahrefs and traffic is growing nicely. Amazon earnings are also increasing month over month.

    As @Nargil says, you need to know how to check your domains. Check all the historical spam and off-site spam factors and also add the domain into Search Console, Google will let you know if there is a manual penalty on the domain.
     
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